Meetings

Annual Meeting
Lexington, Kentucky
June 3-6, 2015

Lexington, Kentucky

Located in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky, the 2015 annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society will explore the theme of animals in rural, agricultural, and environmental history. For thousands of years, people have fostered profound, often contradictory relationships with animals. Nowhere is this relationship more evident and complicated than in its agricultural context, where animals have served as labor saving machines, companions, capital, food, and proxies for societies’ larger relationships, whether human, spiritual, or material. Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region offers an excellent location to consider that historical relationship, given its longstanding place at the center of the international business of thoroughbred racing, horse breeding, veterinary science, and ancillary industries like bourbon distillation.

Conference Program
This year we look forward to an exciting and innovative meeting in Lexington. See the program here.

Registration
Registration is now on-line. Early bird registration dates are available until May 4. Regular pre-registration will close on May 20. After May 20, Registration will also be available on-site at the regular rates. Paid registrations are non-refundable.

The conference will kick off with an opening reception Wednesday night June 3, 2015. Sessions will begin Thursday morning (June 4, 2015) and the conference will conclude Saturday night (June 6, 2015) with our awards banquet. In addition to access to the full program of panels, a plenary, and keynote address, your registration will give you access to a welcome reception on Thursday afternoon before the keynote, a reception on Saturday evening before the awards ceremony, and daily coffee breaks. Graduate students are invited to a free breakfast on Thursday morning before the opening plenary, and may purchase discounted tickets to the awards dinner on Saturday evening. More details on these events will be available with the program in the coming days.

Hotel
Lexington Hyatt
401 West High Street
Lexington, KY 40507, US
Rate: $127+tax per room per night.
Click here to book your room. Conference rates will be available until May 10, 2015.

Travel
Area Airports
Lexington is home of the Bluegrass Airport.
The Bluegrass Airport is 5.8 miles from the conference hotel. For driving directions from the Bluegrass Airport to the Hyatt Lexington click here.

The Hyatt Regency Lexington provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the Bluegrass Airport. For more information click here.

For information about other modes of transportation to and from the Bluegrass Airport and the conference hotel click here.

Lexington is 78.1 miles from the Louisville International Airport. For driving directions from the Louisville International Airport to the conference hotel, please click here.

The Greyhound Station is 3 miles from the conference hotel.

Public Transportation in Lexington
http://lextran.com/

In and Around Lexington
http://www.visitlex.com/

Tourist Attractions
http://www.kentuckytourism.com/

Tours on Friday, June 5th

Tour 1: Shaker Village and Keeneland
The Shaker Village and Keeneland tour will include a box lunch, tour of Shaker Village, and a behind the scenes tour of Keeneland Racecourse. Attendees will be picked up at the conference hotel at noon and will return by 5:45 p.m.
Cost: $80
Conference attendees can sign up for this field trip upon registration.

Tour 2: Horses, Bourbon, and Racing
The Horses, Bourbon and Racing tour will include box lunch, a private tour of Thoroughbred Horse Farm, a tour and tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and a behind the scenes tour of Keeneland. Attendees will be picked up at the conference hotel at noon and will return by 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $70
Conference attendees can sign up for this field trip upon registration.

Dining
For a comprehensive guide to dining in Lexington click here.
For more information about restaurants that are in walking distance from the conference hotel click here.

Local Archives
For a list of local archives click here.

Funding and Assistance
If you are a graduate student and have not applied for the AHS graduate student travel grant, please contact aghistorysociety@gmail.com. Travel grant applications are due by March 1, 2015.